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Elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app

Caprine is an unofficial and privacy-focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.

Caprine is feature complete. However, we welcome contributions for improvements and bug fixes.


*macOS only


macOS 10.12+ (Intel and Apple Silicon), Linux (x64 and arm64), and Windows 10+ (64-bit) are supported.

Download the latest version on the website or below.


Download the .dmg file.

Or with Homebrew: $ brew install caprine


Distribution Repository Automatic Updates Maintainer How to install
Arch Linux Community ✔️ Frederik Schwan pacman -S caprine
Debian / Ubuntu (manually) GitHub Official Download the .deb file
Debian / Ubuntu (deb-get) GitHub ✔️ Official Follow the instructions below
Debian / Ubuntu (APT) Gemfury ✔️ Lefteris Garyfalakis Follow the instructions below
RHEL / Fedora / openSUSE Copr ✔️ Dušan Simić Follow the instructions below
AppImage GitHub ✔️ Official Follow the instructions below
Flatpak Flathub ✔️ Dušan Simić Visit Flathub and follow the instructions
Snap Snapcraft ✔️ Official Visit Snapcraft and follow the instructions

Installation using deb-get:

  • Download and install deb-get.
  • Run deb-get install caprine.

Note: deb-get is 3rd party software, not to be associated with apt-get.

APT repository (Gemfury):

Run the following command to add it:

wget -q -O- | sudo bash

Alternatively (for advanced users):

# Add the repository
echo "deb [trusted=yes] * *" > \

# Update the package indexes
sudo apt update

# Install Caprine
sudo apt install caprine


For Fedora / RHEL:

sudo dnf copr enable dusansimic/caprine
sudo dnf install caprine

For openSUSE:

  • Create a new file in /etc/zypp/repos.d/caprine.repo.
  • Copy the contents of this file and paste them into the file you just created.

Alternatively use the following one-liner:

curl -s | sudo tee /etc/zypp/repos.d/caprine.repo


Download the .AppImage file.

Make it executable:

chmod +x Caprine-2.xx.x.AppImage

Then run it!

About immutable Linux distributions:

Fedora Silverblue, Fedora Kinoite, EndlessOS, CarbonOS and other immutable distributions only support Flatpak and/or AppImage.*

Note: On some distributions Flatpak must be pre-configured manually.


Method Repository Automatic Updates Maintainer How to install
Manually GitHub Official Download the .exe file
Chocolatey Community ✔️ Michael Quevillon choco install caprine

For taskbar notification badges to work on Windows 10, you'll need to enable them in Taskbar Settings.


Dark mode

You can toggle dark mode in the View menu or with Command d / Control d.

Hide Names and Avatars

You can prevent others from looking at who you're chatting with by enabling the “Hide Names and Avatars” feature in the “View” menu or with Command/Control Shift n.

Vibrancy (macOS only)

On macOS, you can toggle the window vibrancy effect in the View menu.


You can choose to prevent people from knowing when you have seen a message and when you are currently typing. These settings are available under the Caprine/File menu.

Mute desktop notifications (macOS only)

You can quickly disable receiving notifications from the Caprine/File menu or the Dock on macOS.

Hide notification message preview

You can toggle the Show Message Preview in Notification setting in the Caprine/File menu.

Prevents link tracking

Links that you click on will not be tracked by Facebook.

Jump to conversation hotkey

You can switch conversations similar to how you switch browser tabs: Command/Control n (where n is 1 through 9).

Compact mode

The interface adapts when resized to a small size.

Desktop notifications

Desktop notifications can be turned on in Preferences.

Always on Top

You can toggle whether Caprine stays on top of other windows in the Window/View menu or with Command/Control Shift t.

Work Chat support

Support for Work Chat: Messenger for Workplace. You can switch to it in the Caprine/File menu.

Code blocks

You can send code blocks by using Markdown syntax.

Background behavior

When closing the window, the app will by default continue running in the background, in the dock on macOS and the tray on Linux/Windows. Right-click the dock/tray icon and choose Quit to completely quit the app. On macOS, click the dock icon to show the window. On Linux, right-click the tray icon and choose Toggle to toggle the window. On Windows, click the tray icon to toggle the window.

Note that you can change the behavior of Caprine so that the app closes when the window is closed. For this, you'll need to go to the settings and click on Quit on Window Close.

Quick access to conversations from the Dock menu (macOS only)

Touch Bar support (macOS only)

Custom languages for spell-check (Not for macOS)

Users can select supported languages from ConversationSpell Checker Language.

macOS detects the language automatically.

Custom styles

Advanced users can modify the colors/styles of Caprine. Click the menu item Caprine/FileCaprine SettingsAdvancedCustom Styles and a CSS file will open up in your default editor.

Menu Bar Mode (macOS only)

You can enable Show Menu Bar Icon in the Caprine Preferences menu to have a Caprine icon in the menu bar. The icon will indicate when you have unread notifications and you can click it to toggle the Caprine window. You can also toggle the Caprine window with the global shortcut Command Shift y.

You can also remove Caprine from the Dock and task switcher by clicking Hide Dock Icon menu item from the menu bar icon. There will then no longer be any menus for the window, but you can access those from the Menu item in the menu bar icon menu.

Keyboard shortcuts

Description Keys
New conversation Command/Control n
Search conversations Command/Control k
Toggle "Dark mode" Command/Control d
Hide Names and Avatars Command/Control Shift n
Next conversation Command/Control ] or Control Tab
Previous conversation Command/Control [ or Control Shift Tab
Jump to conversation Command/Control 19
Insert GIF Command/Control g
Insert sticker Command/Control s
Insert emoji Command/Control e
Attach files Command/Control t
Focus text input Command/Control i
Search in conversation Command/Control f
Mute conversation Command/Control Shift m
Hide conversation Command/Control Shift h
Delete conversation Command/Control Shift d
Toggle "Always on Top" Command/Control Shift t
Toggle window menu Alt (Windows/Linux only)
Toggle main window Command Shift y (macOS only)
Toggle sidebar Command/Control Shift s
Switch to Messenger Command/Control Shift 1
Switch to Workchat Command/Control Shift 2
Preferences Command/Control ,

On macOS, you can change these in the System Preferences and you can even add your own keyboard shortcuts for menu items without a predefined keyboard shortcut.


Can I contribute localizations?

The main app interface is already localized by Facebook. The app menus are not localized, and we're not interested in localizing those.


Built with Electron.


npm install && npm start


See the electron-builder docs.


npm run release

Then edit the automatically created GitHub Releases draft and publish.






Caprine is a third-party app and is not affiliated with Facebook.